The Giants traded right Matt wisler to the Rays in exchange for a minor league left-hander Michel plassmeyer, by a pair of team announcements. Tampa Bay named receiver Deivy Grullon for posting to open a spot on the 40-man roster for Wisler. The Giants nominated Wisler for an assignment earlier in the week.
Wisler, 28, has long been one of the game’s best pitching prospects, with both the Padres and the Braves. He never found his place with either club, but he enjoyed some sort of breakout campaign in the Twins’ relieving pen during last summer’s cropped season. , when he pitched at a 1.07 ERA with a 32.7% strikeout rate in 25 1/3 innings. Wisler walked way too many hitters last year (13.1%), but it was still quite surprising to see Minnesota not bid on him despite a very modest arbitrage price. Wisler landed in San Francisco on a one-year, $ 1.15 million contract over the winter.
Things did not go as hoped with his new club. Wisler was scored for an earned run average of 6.05 in 19 1/3 innings with the Giants, but he actually maintained his huge increase in strikeouts while refining his control (7.3% strike rate). market). Much of Wisler’s success in Minnesota stems from his remarkable use of his slider, which he threw at an almost comedic 83.5% clip in 2020. Wisler incredibly launched the slider with even greater frequency until ‘now in 2021, using his slider at a rate of 90.3 percent.
Wisler gives the Rays an intriguing and fairly inexpensive arm that can be controlled throughout the 2022 season if he straightens the ship into its new surroundings. This is the type of low cost acquisition that seems to thrive very frequently in the Tampa Bay pen. The injuries sustained by the Rays rescue personnel pushed them several times into the commercial market already in 2021. They also acquired rights JP Feyereisen and Drew rasmussen Brewers in a business who sent the shortstop Willy adams in Milwaukee.
The Giants will get a better return than you might expect from a player who had been nominated for an assignment. Plassmeyer, 24, was a fourth round in 2018 who moved from Seattle to Tampa Bay in Mike Zunino’s trade. He placed 30th in a Perennially Stacked Rays Farm System at Baseball America last year, and Eric Longenhagen of FanGraphs has the 31st in the Tampa Bay system in 2021.
Plassmeyer isn’t an overpowered arm, but he only walked 4.6% of the hitters he’s faced on professional ball and reached Double-A level in 2021, making him a relatively short prospect. term. Plassmeyer’s 2019 season saw the southpaw post a 1.91 ERA with a 21.2% takeout rate, 4.5% walk rate, and a 45.2% ground ball rate in 132. images on three levels. He has thrown a 3.64 ERA so far on 29 2/3 Double-A balls, enjoying a nice increase in strikeouts (26.1%) while maintaining his typically stellar control.